NASA may not totally follow its flyby mission to Europa and may actually go for a touchdown as part of its quest to search for potential life on the Jupiter moon.
The main goal of NASA's Europa mission is to determine the character of the Jupiter moon during flybys. But now, the space agency may actually send down a probe to land on Europa's surface when the mission launches in the mid-2020s, according to Space.
In a panel meeting last week at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Space 2015 conference held in Pasadena, Europa project scientist Robert Pappalardo revealed that NASA is aiming for a possible lander on the ocean-harboring satellite of Jupiter. more >>
A historical researcher has observed that the planets Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Earth and Venus aligned in an orrery model to form what can be seen as a man on a crucifix on the day associated by some with Jesus Christ's crucifixion, namely April 3, 33 A.D.
"More than a few studies have pinpointed that date based on the Bible, calendars, astronomical conditions, even geology," researcher and University of Wisconsin-Madison history major Miguel Antonio Fiol said in a statement.
An illustration released to the public shows the positioning of the planets on the date close to 2,000 years ago, noting that Saturn's rings at the top of the figure could be seen as representing a "halo" or the crown of thrones placed on Jesus' head. Uranus and Jupiter form the stretched hands, while Earth and Venus form the feet. more >>
Researchers are still hard at work investigating the authenticity of a controversial ancient papyrus known as the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife," which was discovered by a Harvard University professor in 2012, and has prompted debate over whether or not it is a forgery.
LiveScience reported on Monday that research into the papyrus' ink suggests that the fragment is not a modern-day forgery, as previously thought, but the results of an ongoing investigation by Columbia University are yet to be published.
The papyrus was originally presented at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome in September 2012 by Karen L. King, the Hollis professor of divinity at Harvard Divinity School. The fragment reads in Coptic: "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ..." more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has revealed that a new planetarium program at the museum in Kentucky will explore the question of whether extra-terrestrial life exists. Answers in Genesis astronomer Danny Faulkner has said the program will look for biblical principles to apply to the discussion.
"Answers in Genesis is thrilled to announce that another exciting and spectacular planetarium program, 'Aliens—Fact or Fiction?' has been produced by our talented team and will be available for viewing at the Creation Museum starting from Labor Day, Sept. 4," Ham said in a Facebook message on Wednesday.
"Our state-of-the-art Stargazer's Planetarium has been one of the most popular features at the Creation Museum. The other popular planetarium programs will also continue to be shown," he added. more >>
Launched from Earth on July 21, 2005, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is celebrating a decade in outer space gathering a treasure of brilliant scientific observations and information.
One of the exciting discoveries have been buried deposits of carbon dioxide gas on Mar's south polar cap that could be warmed and be driven to provide an Earth-like atmosphere.
"MRO has discovered that Mars' south polar cap holds enough buried carbon-dioxide ice to double the planet's current atmosphere if it warmed. It's caught avalanches and dust storms in action. The spacecraft's longevity has made it possible to study seasonal and longer-term changes over four Martian years," said Rich Zurek of Jet Propulsion Laboratory. more >>
People who are looking for ways to reduce cravings may want to try grabbing a video game controller, according to a new study. Researchers have found that playing Tetris for as little as three minutes could help lessen cravings for food, drugs, sleep and sex. The study showed that the tile matching puzzle video game is said to provide a visual distraction that can decrease cravings by as much as 24 percent.
The study was conducted by a group of psychologists from the University of Plymouth and Queensland University of Technology. They were searching for intervention techniques that can help cut down urges for drugs, like cigarettes, alcohol, and coffee, and even some activities like sexual intercourse and sleeping. According to a theory called Elaborated Intrusion, cravings are induced by visual images that often appear into the mind. With this concept, psychologists Jessica Skorka-Brown, Jackie Andrade, and Jon May pondered if a visually based task, like playing a video game, could trim the frequency of craving imagery, and with it, the craving themselves. more >>